Buying a Filter for your Pond? FYI not all filters are the same

Not all Pond Filtration is the same

The “media filter” has long been used as a means to get pond water suitably clean for its intended purpose – enjoyment (most of the time at least). A issue many face is the majority of city water run-off can lead to an increase in pond algae, additionally most ponds and waterfalls we see are under-filtered resulting in green and murky water. We always suggest consulting with a pond pump and filtration installation company first to better understand what equipment is best suited to fit your system. 90% of the equipment we install is not cookie-cutter products you can buy from the internet, all equipment must be paired appropriately based on how your water pond or fountain was constructed.

The Right Filter & Media

An effective method of eliminating suspended solid materials is to use a fine sand bed or similar bio-filtration that is supported by appropriate drainage-facilitating materials. A gravity-centered process such as this nowadays must remove not just sediment, but also flocculation and coagulation caused by the presence of chemicals.

Proper Filter Location 

Filtration achieved is many ways in regards to ponds and waterfalls. Ideally you want the filter to be as close to the pond pump as possible to reduce “head” or what would be considered a loss of ability to move water adequately through the filter media (specifically pertaining to pressure filtration) most submersible pumps are low powered and not strong enough to push water through that of a pressure filter with suspended media. 

Pond Filtration Media


Different Types of Filtration Media

Not all filtration media is equal. Don’t say we never told you. Ideally the filtration media should be setup according to the type of water feature and equipment provided. But most water features with fish and heavy debris should have large pumps and pressure filters with the appropriate media.

  • Bead technology (we don’t suggest this)
  • Fine Sand media (as a layer – we do suggest this) 
  • Gravel and Volcanic Rock media (as a layer – we do suggest this) 

We suggest this type of filtration (bio-filtration) due to the bonus that ponds and natural water features need to use microorganisms in aerobic or anaerobic states as well as pressure filtering systems. It is possible for media filters to utilize an array of inorganic and organic material to get water to the proper condition for irrigation use, aquaculture growth or for swimming pool applications. Original content source: – These filters also have the ability to eliminate pollutants from stormwater runoff in urban areas. The downside, however, is that these filters have a lifespan that is limited duration, and they are therefore relatively costly often leading to annual or semi-annual pond filtration repair.

We Suggest Pressure Filtration vs Submersible Pumps for Your Pond or Lake
These are Best Pond Filter For Your Money

A common pressure filter we are seeing customers purchase is “bead filtration” with proprietary fittings – which can cost a lot. 

Pond Filtration – Triton II (Alternatives Exist!)


Bead Filtration We Dont Suggestion


We don’t suggest these

One thing we also suggest is DO NOT BUY the Aqua Ultima II as these are proprietary and not as effective as they are shown to be. Due to the “bead technology” and proprietary fittings that are only replaceable by the manufacturer – these can be easily replaced with other pressure filters. We suggest contacting us before making any filtration purchase for your pond. (714) 613-0123


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